Association News

Save the Dates: PCA Centennial Celebration Events


Portland Cement Association (PCA) announces the following events will take place this year in honor of the association’s 100th anniversary:

February 2-5: World of Concrete, Las Vegas, Nevada. The official launch of the Centennial Celebration.

March 14-15: PCA Spring Congress, Chicago. The main Centennial Celebration for PCA membership.

May 24-25: DC Fly-In, Washington, D.C. Reception for Members of Congress, Congressional staff, agency officials, and allied groups in conjunction with transportation fly-in.

July 18, 2016: Open House at PCA and CTLGroup in Skokie to showcase the campus to Chicago-area politicians, government officials, construction and business leaders, and CTLGroup clients and potential clients.

See the PCA Website for additional information.

Contact Jan Farnsworth


Attend the 2016 DC Fly-In

PCA-FLY-IN-6x6_FramedlPCA is pleased to invite members and special guests to our 2016 Washington, DC Fly-In on May 24-25. Don't miss this opportunity to interact with key lawmakers and regulators and help lobby on policy that affects cement plants across the United States. It also marks an occasion to participate in and celebrate PCA's Centennial Anniversary.

Register today for the fly-in and don't miss the updated information for The Liaison Hotel.

Contact Rachel Derby


World of Concrete

PCA Offers Something for Everyone at the Big Show

From the latest in paving research to anniversary celebrations to education, PCA offers something for everyone at the 2016 World of Concrete, February 2-5.

For the duration of the conference, PCA will celebrate the Centennial Anniversary year with activities and ceremonies to mark the occasion. 

CTLGroup returns as a booth co-sponsor. The booth features an MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Project analyzing pavement-vehicle interaction. The experiment proves the existence of deflection-induced pavement-vehicle interaction (PVI). It also confirms that energy dissipation is greatest at lower speeds and under high loads, and that an increase in pavement stiffness minimizes the impact.
The new Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, EB001.16, will be available for purchase. Other popular titles will also be for sale.

PCA will present the following WOC education programs:

Look for more updates and activities in the next edition of the Executive Report.

Contact Erik Rancatore

Member News

RHI Becomes Associate Member

RHI Logo_framedRHI recently joined PCA as an Associate Member. 

Based in Vienna, Austria, RHI is a globally operating supplier of high-grade refractory products, systems and services, which are indispensable to industrial high-temperature processes.

With roughly 8,000 employees, 32 production facilities and more than 70 sales offices, RHI serves more than 10,000 customers from the steel, cement, nonferrous metals, glass, energy and chemical industries in nearly all countries of the world. RHI produces more than 1.7 million tons of refractory products per year and supplies customized product and system solutions.

PCA now has 21 Associate Members who participate in PCA's Manufacturing Technical Committee (MTC). The committee conducts research, education and technology transfer related to cement manufacturing.

Read more on the PCA Manufacturing Technical Committee

Contact Rick Bohan


Meet CTLGroup Experts at WOC

CTLGroup_Lab_framedCTLGroup experts in engineering and materials consulting will discuss their areas of expertise in the combined PCA/CTLGroup booth at the 2016 World of Concrete.

Topic areas and experts include: ASR/CTLGroup and CTLGroup-Qatar lab capabilities, Anthony Bentivegna, PhD; Materials laboratory services, Joni Jones, PE; Chemical testing/XRD & XRF capabilities, Don Broton; Petrography, Jaclyn Ferraro; Materials consulting, Jon Poole, PhD, PE, and Creep & shrinkage/mixture optimization, Matthew D’Ambrosia, PhD, PE.

CTLGroup President and CEO Brent Nixon, PhD, will share the group's consulting and laboratory capabilities. CTLGroup Chief Operating Officer Tim Tonyan, PhD, will discuss nuclear and materials testing and CTLGroup-Qatar laboratory capabilities.

See staff profiles

In addition, samples of the oldest concrete in the world, pieces of the Berlin Wall, and a drone with a video demonstrating its on-site investigation capabilities will be on display.

Regional News

Alabama Considers Raising Its Gas Tax

States across the country are considering ways to increase infrastructure spending.

Alabama drivers might see an increase in the gas tax for the first time in more than a decade.

The Alabama Legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee is holding a series of five meetings across the state this month to discuss a gas tax increase, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. It would mark the first state gas tax increase for the state since 1992.

The Association of County Commissions of Alabama has introduced Drive Alabama, a website and campaign which addresses the issue.

Education and Training

Purchase Discounted Tickets to World of Concrete

RegSmallBoxAs a World of Concrete cosponsor, PCA offers discount admission to exhibits to the February 1-5 event. By registering through PCA and using promo code A32, exhibits-only admission is $20, a $45-$65 savings. Additionally, PCA receives a rebate from Hanley-Wood based on the number of pre-registered attendees who come to the show.

WOC is the largest, most comprehensive commercial concrete and masonry event for the concrete industry features more than 1,400 exhibitors and more than 100 seminars and conference sessions. New for 2016, WOC will launch an area for precast concrete, highlighting the latest products and technologies in the sector.

2016 WOC Pricing (Some restrictions may apply):

  • Exhibits-only rates: $20 online thru show; $65 onsite with printed Buyer Invite, or $85 without printed Buyer Invite.
  • Seminar rates: 3-hour seminars are $130 before December 15, 2015 and $170 after; 90-minute seminars are $90 before December 15, 2015 and $130 after; 4-hour certifications are $185 before December 15 and $215 after.
  • Super pass packages: SP1-2s are $405 before December 15 and $525 after December 15; SP3s are $505 before December 15 and $625 after.
  • Rates for onsite seminars and super pass packages are the same as post-December 15 pricing.

Register with PCA discount